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  4. 100 years ago: Rosa Luxemburg convicted of sedition by German authorities

    Rosa Luxemburg on her way to court with attorneys Paul Levi and Kurt Rosenfeld

    On February 20, 1914, prominent Polish-German Marxist Rosa Luxemburg was convicted of sedition charges and sentenced to a year imprisonment by the Frankfurt Criminal Court for opposing the growth of militarism and denouncing the treatment of soldiers by the officer caste and state authorities.

    The basis for the charges against Luxemburg was a speech in September 1913, in which she called on the working class to oppose the preparations for war, and advance its own, internationalist perspective. She denounced preparations for a fratricidal conflict: “If they expect us to murder our French or other foreign brothers, then let us tell them, ‘No, under no circumstances!’”

    At the trial, Luxemburg delivered an impassioned speech against imperialist militarism. She stated, “once the majority of working people come to the conclusion—and it is precisely the task of Social Democracy to arouse this consciousness … that wars are nothing but a barbaric, unsocial, reactionary phenomenon, entirely against the interests of people, then wars will be impossible.”

    Luxemburg was targeted by prosecutors because she was the most consistent proponent of a socialist, revolutionary, and internationalist response to militarism in the German Social Democracy, under conditions of the growth of a national-opportunist tendency in that organization which increasingly adapted to the interests of German capitalism and colonialism.

    The trial took place in the context of a German naval and military buildup, precipitated by growing tensions with France and Britain, and open discussion of the prospect of war. While found guilty, Luxemburg won broad support in the working class, speaking at dozens of public meetings.

    She was again charged in June, for “insulting the military.” At the ensuing trial, dozens of workers testified as defense witnesses to the outstanding role played by Luxemburg as a socialist leader of the working class. That trial also expressed the growing tensions within the Social Democracy between the revolutionary and national-opportunist wings—with the former advancing a militant, political defense of Luxemburg, and the latter calling for the processes of the capitalist courts to be “respected.”

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/17/twih-f17.html#100

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